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People in 24 fields in Taiwan required to get COVID booster starting April 22

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday announced that COVID booster shots will become mandatory for people in 24 different fields beginning April 22. Duri...

South Korea's omicron surge has likely peaked, officials say

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's daily average of new COVID-19 cases declined last week for the first time in more than two months, but the number of critically ill patients and deaths will lik...

South Korea's COVID-19 deaths strain crematories, hospitals

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in South Korea have instructed crematories to burn more bodies per day and funeral homes to add more refrigerators to store the dead as families struggle wit...

South Korea's omicron deaths surge amid faltering response

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials in South Korea tried to calm public fears amid concerns about a faltering pandemic response as daily cases and deaths reached record highs Thursday. ...

South Korea reports record deaths amid omicron surge

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea had its deadliest day yet of the pandemic on Tuesday, with 293 deaths reported in the latest 24 hours, as the country grapples with a record surge in coronavirus ...

South Korea eases distancing despite record virus deaths

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials announced an easing of social distancing restrictions even as the country saw its deadliest day of the pandemic on Friday, reflecting reduced political...

S. Korea drops proof of vaccine, test to aid virus response

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will no longer require people to show proof of vaccination or negative tests to enter any indoor space starting Tuesday, removing a key preventive measure during ...

S. Korea approves Pfizer's COVID vaccine for ages 5-11

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean health officials on Wednesday approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, expanding the country's immunization program in the face of a massive...

S.Korea turns to self-treatment as Omicron fuels COVID surge

South Korea said on Thursday patients with mild coronavirus symptoms will have to treat themselves, aiming to free up medical resources for more serious cases, as new infections hit a fresh high becau...

S. Korea extends COVID-19 rules amid post-holiday surge

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Friday extended its limits on indoor gatherings as health workers reported the fourth straight day of record coronavirus cases, following the Lunar New Y...

WHO: COVID boosters should start with most vulnerable

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says that coronavirus vaccine boosters should now now be offered to people, starting with the most vulnerable, in a move away from its previous insistence t...

South Korea to deploy Pfizer COVID-19 pills as Omicron wave looms

South Korea will begin treating coronavirus patients with Pfizer's (PFE.N) antiviral pills on Friday, the first Asian country to do so, as concern mounts over the spread of the highly contagious O...

J&J: Booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response

LONDON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that a booster of its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides a stronger immune response months after people receive a first dose. J&am...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally c...

Pfizer-BNT vaccine could arrive in Taiwan in late September

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (Aug. 3) announced that the Pfizer–BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine has cleared emergency use authoriza...